At Women’s Habitat we are committed to challenging the misogynistic social norms that reinforce the oppression of women identified individuals and their children. Sex education is a critical part of challenging those norms. Through a sex education curriculum that embraces diversity and teaches bodily autonomy, we can provide children the foundation they need to make choices that are best for their health. In addition, we can ensure our school systems are inclusive and safe for all students. Through our 40 years of providing support for survivors of violence, we know women and children who are not provided accurate sexual health information and are not informed of their rights are more vulnerable to violence and exploitation.
We are honoured to sign on WomanACT‘s letter to the Minister of Education, the Honourable Lisa Thompson, along with 87 other agencies and individuals who acknowledge that current, comprehensive and inclusive sex education is vital to preventing gender based violence.
We look forward to working in partnership to provide all young people the sexual health information and support they deserve.